U.N. Rome-Conference on Lebanon

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    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called an international conference for Wednesday that is expected to formulate plans for a cease-fire in the Middle East crisis as well as a possible deployment of foreign troops, a top U.N. official said.

    Terje Roed-Larsen, in charge of monitoring Syria-Lebanon issues, said in an interview on Friday that the conference, to be held in Rome, was intended to work out concepts that could stem the violence in Lebanon and Israel.

    "The broad consensus now in the international community is that in order to produce a cease-fire you need the political unpinnings," Roed-Larsen told Reuters Television.

    The so-called core group of advisors on Lebanon were organized last year for economic reconstruction. They include Russia, Italy, Britain, France, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the World Bank, the United Nations as well as the United States. More nations are expected to be added.

    No one knows yet what a stabilization force should do, whether it should disarm Lebanon's Hizbollah militia or go in only after Israel has ended its assault and beef up a U.N. peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon.

    "On the drawing board in Rome there will be discussions on how such a force should be organized," Roed-Larsen said. "Should one recognize the existing (U.N.) force on the ground, or should it be replaced by a new international presence?"

    But Rice, in her Friday news conference in Washington, said that any military intervention needs "a force robust enough to do the job" and make sure Hizbollah would not attack Israel.

    U.N. sources said France and Turkey were high on the list for leading such a force while Italy, Greece and Brazil had expressed willingness to join it.

    Roed-Larsen, a Norwegian diplomat, who just returned from the Middle East as part of a three-nation U.N. mission, saw Rice in New York on Friday morning and will accompany U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to Rome.

    CEASE-FIRE CONSENSUS

    Despite calls for an end to warfare, Roed-Larsen said the international community, and not just the United States, was reaching a consensus that any cease-fire had to be embedded in a political solution.

    As Israeli troops were amassing on the Lebanese border, he said, "I don't think any of the sides have any intention whatsoever to go into a cease-fire. The only way to reach a cease-fire is if it is embedded in a political deal."

    Yet Annan, in a major speech to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday advocated an end to violence or at minimum a humanitarian truce, fearing that the more Israel bombed Lebanon, the more Lebanese would turn to Hizbollah.

    Roed-Larsen noted that Annan himself told the council that a cease-fire did not seem to be realistic for the moment, although the secretary-general has continued to advocate an end to hostilities to save lives while a long-term solution was under negotiation.

    The United States has declined any talks with Hizbollah as well as its backers in Syria and Iran. But Roed-Larsen said the U.N. team had made contact with Hizbollah and U.N. officials had spoken to Iranian and Syrian leaders and ambassadors.

    The crisis began on July 12 when Hizbollah abducted two Israeli soldiers, triggering an intense military response by Israel, followed by Hizbollah missiles on northern Israel.

    Hizbollah leaders have said the captive Israeli soldiers would be freed only as part of a prisoner exchange.

    Still, Roed-Larsen said it was clear from his visit to Lebanon, where more than 300 people have been killed, that "there is a breaking point" where criticism of Hizbollah turns into "support for Hizbollah."

    http://in.today.reuters.com/news/ne...R_RTRJONC_0_India-260613-1.xml&archived=False
     
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    Cooperation between Turkey, France and Italy is good as you can see on Afghanistan:

    http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=134440
     
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    I don't know why a 'top UN official' would say, "U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called an international conference for Wednesday that is expected to formulate plans for a cease-fire in the Middle East crisis..." as she has made clear that the solution lies with Hezbollah, not the outbreak of fighting: http://www.canada.com/topics/news/n...=464531b5-8f7e-40fd-a1bd-71bc4bab566b&k=58847

    Now, let's just consider what the UN brings to the table, historically as an 'honest broker', links at site:

    http://volokh.com/archives/archive_2006_07_16-2006_07_22.shtml#1153523571
     
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    Turkey to Consider Role in Peacekeeping

    By LOUIS MEIXLER
    The Associated Press
    Tuesday, July 25, 2006; 7:29 AM

    ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey, NATO's only Muslim member, would consider playing a major role in a peacekeeping force in Lebanon, a Foreign Ministry official said Tuesday.

    The official, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, said Turkey would first want to see a strong U.N. mandate for the force that would define its role, where it served and its rules of engagement.



    Top NATO and Middle Eastern officials, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, meet Wednesday in Rome to discuss possible solutions to conflict between Hezbollah and Israel, including a peacekeeping force that could be deployed on the Israeli-Lebanese border.

    Turkey has close ties with both Israel and Arab countries and wide-ranging experience in international peacekeeping. It has led peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan and participated in missions in Bosnia, Kosovo and Somalia.

    Lebanese Ambassador George Siam was quoted as saying that "we believe Ankara would be successful in such a mission." His remarks were printed in Tuesday's The New Anatolian newspaper.

    The Foreign Ministry official said Muslim Turkey was a logical choice for a key role in such a force but cautioned that Turkey was also likely to demand a cessation of hostilities and broad international participation.

    The official also said that discussions over the role of such a force were likely to be very difficult.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/25/AR2006072500397.html


    We have to see, whether this mission is Peace making or Peace keeping.
    When it is peace keeping, Turkey would send thousands of soldiers there. I mean, we have about 30.000 Soldiers in Cyprus who are doing actually nothing.
    But by peacemaking there is according to the former UN-Forces in Libanon Spokesman (a turk, forgot his name, but saw him today on CNN-TURK in an interview), that when Sunni-Shia conflict in the region is escalating and Turkey would have to disarm Hizbullah, that it could be directed into this conflict.

    Hizbullah is Shiite and Shiite states will in such a Sunni-Schia conflict think, that Turkey is takeing side against Shiites.
    So Turkey has to carefully negotiate conditions of such a mission.
    Best would be to send soldiers in Gaza, too.
    We will see what the outcome of Rome-meeting is and in which direction it gets on the ground between Lebanon and Israel.
     
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    Good luck. Hopefully it will be a peace keeping mission after Israel is finished and led by NATO
     
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    One thing is sure: American soldiers will not participate. And soldiers deployed there under an UN or whatever mission will avoid the view of being instrument of USA.
    Otherwise it makes no sense.
     
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    Agreed--we have put enough American lives on the line to stop Islamic terrorism already.
     
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    Great. So what's the UN going to do now? And where have they been for the past 50 years while this sore consistently festers and boils over occasionally?

    Here's a novel idea: Perhaps the UN should come out and take a united stand against terrorist organization worldwide, and terrorism in general? Seems to me if there are no terrorists running amock, there is no invasion. Maybe that's too simple math for those that wish to villify Israel because it's inhabited by a people of a religion they don't like.
     
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    The UN IS a terrorist organization. They scare the shit out of me everytime they "do" something. :dev3:
     
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    Not me. There isn't one chance in a million that whatever they "do" is going to work.:banana:
     

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